New York Field Office
"Fact Finders for Agriculture"
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Bryan Combs
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
FEBRUARY MILK PRODUCTION UP
New York dairy herds produced 995 million pounds of milk during February according to Stephen Ropel, Director of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field office. Milk cows declined from the previous year while milk per cow increased from the previous year resulting in a 7 percent increase in milk production compared to February 2007. The number of milk cows averaged 626 thousand head, down 2 thousand head from February of the previous year. Milk per cow averaged 1590 pounds, up 110 pounds from the February 2007 rate. Milk production and milk per cow show a strong increase over last year due to February 2008 being a leap year.
Dairy farmers in the Empire State received an average of $19.70 per hundredweight of milk sold during February, down $1.60 from January and $3.90 above February a year ago.
Milk production in the 23 major States during February totaled 13.9 billion pounds, up 6.0 percent from February 2007. January revised production at 14.7 billion pounds, was up 2.7 percent from January 2007. The January revision represented an increase of 40 million pounds or 0.3 percent from last month's preliminary production estimate.
Production per cow in the 23 major States averaged 1,653 pounds for February, 69 pounds above February 2007. The number of milk cows on farms in the 23 major States was 8.42 million head, 136,000 head more than February 2007, and 9,000 head more than January 2008.